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#Traveling Abroad: Can You Protect Your Health When Far from Home? #Talking About Health with Jennifer Foss, R.N. (ARA) - Less than 100 years ago, world travel was a rare treat reserved mostly for the wealthy. Today, retirees cruise to South America, college students study in Europe and modern day adventurers journey through the wilderness of Africa. But as small as the world has become, there are still health concerns to be aware of when you travel abroad.

Get Your Shots

If you travel to countries other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Japan, you will probably need additional vaccines and medication. Sometimes these shots must be given weeks or months before your departure to allow them time to take effect, so visit your doctor early.

If you visit countries in the Indian subcontinent, East Asia and South America, you will probably need vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid and malaria. Visitors to the Middle East and Africa will need the above vaccinations along with meningitis and yellow fever vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site,, lists all immunizations needed when visiting specific destinations.

Pack the Medicine Cabinet

Although it may feel like you're packing everything but the kitchen sink, there are certain items you'll need when traveling internationally, including:

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